It has been almost three weeks since my last post. Seasons of life. Quite interesting huh? Anyway, I could not wait to put up this post inspired by what is happening around us and a song I listened to and I was like, wait…How did I not see this song uploaded 2 years ago? Again, seasons of life have an interesting way of playing things out and that song, which I will share here, is perfect for the season we are in as a globe.
I rarely watch the news because it drains me a great deal. How can frontline workers and specifically doctors and nurses threaten to strike amidst this COVID-19 Crisis? How do they even get sleep at night? It was sad to watch this headline. “The love of money is the root of all evil.” (See 1 Timothy 6:10).
Away from that though, there is still hope. A glimmer of hope from a distance, can you see it? Well, I can. Let me tell you a story of a certain tree that has got to me since last week.
In the Western slopes of Californias’ Sierra Nevada, lies the worlds’ largest and tallest trees, with branch diameters of up to 8ft and bark thickness of 3ft, and to top it all up, they are as tall as a 26-story building. Imagine that! These trees, only grow and thrive within a certain narrow range and with certain climatic requirements along the Western slopes of Sierra Nevada Mountains. What of the lifespan? They live up to 3000 years! ( There is one tree somewhere in California that existed when Christ died 2000 years ago! Wow!) They are incredibly hardy, resisting even the wood-boring beetles and guess what? They are flame-resistant! and they keep growing as they grow older! One more interesting fact about this tree is that they reproduce by seeds which sometimes remain in the cone for 20 good years! How then do they multiply? Guess what. Forest fires catalyze the opening of these cones such that the seeds fall on the burnt bare soil and begin to grow! This is just fascinating!!! (Source: treehugger.com)
I looked this tree up and I could not help but think of the handiwork of our Creator, God. I was marveled for lack of a better word. This is called the Sequoia tree. In winter, discoloration occurs and it is not as beautiful to behold during this season, but does it change the fact that it is a sequoia tree? Not at all, through all the four seasons, its’ identity still remains. It is the same tree.
Away from the climatic range, it cannot thrive! “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me, you can do nothing.” (John 15:5). This season is long and uneasy, but are you still in the narrow range like the sequoia tree? Remember, you cannot thrive if you do not remain in Him.
They are hardy and flame-resistant. As long as you remain in Christ, especially during this season and beyond, then you are assured of protection. “When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze.” (Isaiah 43:2) Waters, rivers, fire…all these are representations of life seasons. It is in hardship and heat that this tree releases its’ seed. How cool is that?
“There is a time for everything and a season for every activity under heaven…” (Ecclesiastes 3:1) We are promised seasons under heaven. There will be a season of plenty and a season of lack. A season of joy and a season of sorrow. I mean, in life, seasons are guaranteed and COVID-19 is a season in itself that has just brought this whole picture home. The question is, where do you abide? In whom do you abide? It is only in Christ, that we thrive and produce in times of adversity.
Do not lose sight of that in this trying season. Let us learn from the Sequoia tree.
Like the frost on a rose
Winter comes for us all
Oh how nature acquaints us
With the nature of patience
Like a seed in the snow
I’ve been buried to grow
For Your promise is loyal
From seed to sequoiaI know
Though the winter is long even richer
The harvest it brings
Though my waiting prolongs even greater
Your promise for me like a seed
I believe that my season will come… Excerpt from Hillsong Worship, Seasons
Though our waiting prolongs even greater, His promise for us like a seed. His promise is loyal! Be encouraged!!
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